A Guide to Self-Management

A Guide to Self-Management Over half of the community associations throughout the United States are self-managed. Furthermore, that number is rising because of increased foreclosures, nemployment, and the general downturn of the economy. Geographical areas experiencing extensive foreclosures often must choose between paying a monthly management fee and street lighting. If you...

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Self Managed Gude: Part 2

Self Managed Gude: Part 2 Where does the board begin? In my last article I suggested that community leaders start with their association documents: the bylaws and CCRs if you are not a condo or a declaration of condominium. The Board must understand what is required as community leaders and these...

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Self Management Guide: Duties and Responsibilities of Volunteers

Self Management Guide: Duties and Responsibilities of Volunteers Overview: Refer to Earlier Articles  Your community’s documents, the declaration of condominium, CCRs, Bylaws, etc., are the starting point for the self-managed association. [read]  With respect to your association, your documents largely, define the board’s roles, duties, obligations, and administrative responsibilities. [read]  Gain...

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Fire Sprinkler Initiative

Fire Sprinkler Initiative The Fire Sprinkler Initiative, launched in 2009 by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), is a nationwide campaign designed to convince local and state governing bodies to institute legislation mandating the installation of fire sprinklers in all new family homes, as well as the retrofitting of older homes to...

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Protecting Your Community’s Reputation

Protecting Your Community’s Reputation A homeowner association or condo association is an organization that is more than a neighborhood…more than a congregation of individual homeowners. It encompasses a geographic community, the properties within that community, the governing board, and to some extent, the management company that works with the...

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Self Management: Saving Money Part 1

Self Management: Saving Money Part 1 The topic of this article is one near and dear to every board member’s heart. It is about saving money. Before proceeding, I thank you for the many kind words in your emails and I value and appreciate your thoughts and comments. My company, Vanguard...

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Hurricane Preparedness

Hurricane Preparedness Why prepare? Because you never know. Nearly everyone in Florida knows how to prepare for a hurricane. We’ve all seen the effects of Hurricanes like Andrew, Katrina, and even what a defunct large Tropical Storm turned depression named Sandy can do both in Florida and in other...

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Self Management: Saving Money Part 2

Self Management: Saving Money Part 2 Continued from last issue…   Preserving your community’s resources makes sense, if your community has sufficient competent volunteers to do what a management company should do. Be it your manager or the board, the objective of management is to preserve or increase the property values...

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What is a Community Association Management Company?

What is a Community Association Management Company? Community Association Management Companies, (or CAM, as people like to call us) are really not property managers, like some people think. If you look up the definition online, you’ll find a few varieties of what a CAM Company does. This is how DBPR Department...

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Signs of Sinkholes- And When to Call An Inspector

Signs of Sinkholes- And When to Call An Inspector Sinkholes were a hot topic even before a man was swallowed up into a giant sinkhole under his house last week. As sinkhole claims rise all over the state of Florida, and insurance companies continue to change the way they handle...

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